Now that restrictions are being eased across the UK, you may be wondering if there are ways you can stay safe when out and about. As guidance changes and social distancing measures are relaxed, it can be difficult to know how to best stay safe and this can cause anxiety surrounding getting back outside.
We’ve done some research and have listed seven different ways you can continue to ensure the safety of yourself, and those around you, below. Read on to find out how you can stay safe.
You’ve probably heard that hand washing is a really easy way of staying safe during the pandemic, and if you haven’t, we don’t know where you’ve been. Regularly washing your hands, or using hand sanitiser when hand washing isn’t available, means you can kill any viruses you may have picked up when out and about. Washing for at least twenty seconds and using soap is the most effective way of washing your hands.
Guidance still suggests regular hand washing, even as restrictions lift and it’s a really easy way to feel safer. Make sure to wash or sanitise your hands as you enter venues, before eating, after going to the toilet and when you get back home.
Wearing a Mask
Even though it’s no longer the law, many venues and businesses are still advising mask wearing. Masks protect those around you in case you are asymptomatic without realising it and it is the simplest way we can stop the spread of the virus.
To make sure you aren’t asymptomatic, remember that you can take a UK Government approved rapid antigen test at home to ensure you’re not positive.
Regularly Washing Clothes
Washing clothes may seem like an obvious way to ensure hygiene, and it is but regularly washing clothes you’ve worn to public places can ensure anything you have carried away on your clothes is killed. Washing your clothes immediately after you come back home will make sure you don’t spread anything around your house that you accidentally picked up.
Checking in at Venues
Although, again, it is no longer required by law, checking in at venues using the NHS Track and Trace app means that you can keep informed of any cases of covid-19 at the venues you have been to. It also means that if you test positive, you can stop the spread by letting people know that they were in close contact with a positive case.
Following Rules of Each Venue
Social distancing rules may still apply inside some venues, and following these rules means you can ensure your own safety, as well as that of other patrons and staff members. These measures remain in place for your safety and so sticking to them is a simple step to staying safe as restrictions ease.
Taking Regular Tests
UK Government approved rapid antigen tests are incredibly easy to come by these days. Guidance suggests weekly testing to ensure any asymptomatic cases are flagged up quickly and are not passed on to others. Testing regularly means you are aware of your own covid-status and ensures you don’t pass on the virus to anyone else without realising you have it. It is also a way to keep friends and family safe by testing before you see them.
Isolating if Necessary
And if you do, unfortunately, get pinged by the app or informed by Track and Trace that you need to isolate, sticking to the isolation rules ensures you keep yourself and those around you safe. This measure is intended to stop the spread and so sticking to it can help keep everyone safe.